Constable Abner Dement

Constable Abner Dement

Rutherford County Constable's Office, Tennessee

End of Watch Saturday, September 7, 1878

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Abner Dement

Constable Abner Dement succumbed to a gunshot wound sustained on August 20th, 1878, while attempting to arrest a man wanted for stealing a horse.

He had accompanied the victim of the larceny to the suspect's home. Constable Dement advised the man he was under arrest and attempted to take him by the arm. The man pulled away and then shot Constable Dement in the abdomen.

The citizen who was with Constable Dement returned fire and wounded the subject. Constable Dement was taken to his home where his condition continued to deteriorate until he passed away on September 7th, 1878. The man who shot him was removed from the county jail in Murfreesboro and lynched by an angry mob after Constable Dement's death.

Constable Dement had served as the elected constable for Rutherford County's 22nd District for approximately eight years. He was survived by his wife and four children.


  • Age 30
  • Tour 8 years
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Incident Date Tuesday, August 20, 1878
  • Weapon Handgun
  • Offender Lynched

larceny, warrant

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Constable Dement,
On today, the 140th anniversary of your death I would just like to say thank you for your service and sacrifice for the citizens of Rutherford County.


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September 7, 2018

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